Hungry Royals: Sox Trade Coco Crisp to Kansas City
Posted by Kenny Ducey on November 19, 2008
The Red Sox finally cleared the paper jam that was the Center Field position last year vy edaling Coco Crisp to the Royals for RP Ramon Ramirez.
The deal came after the Red Sox had two quality Center Fielders last year in Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury. The Sox will fill a much needed hole in ther bullpen with Ramirez, as RP David Aardsma, who was one of the primary bullpen pitchers last year, finished with a 5.55 ERA. Ramirez went 3-2 last year with a 2.64 ERA and 70 Ks.
This trade strengthens a Center Field position that saw starter Joey Gathwright hit just .254 with 0 HR and 22 RBIs through 105 games. Gathwright started 75 of those 105 games in Center Field, more than any player on the roster. This move will shake up the lineup as the Royals have a leadoff hitting CF in David DeJesus, and now will have another leadoff hitting CF in Coco Crisp. How big of an upgrade in Center Field is this? The upgrade is not huge. Crisp hit .283 last year with 7 HR and 41 RBI. However, Crisp did have 35 Stolen Bases to Royals team leader Joey Gathwright’s 21.
This move by the Royals could trigger other moves. Earlier in the week, a report came out saying that .255 hitting starter in RF Mark Teahan could be headed to the Cubs. The Royals denied this link. If Teahen were to head out, that would make room in the starting lineup for Gathwright, as they could move the 6th year outfielder to RF.